Vision Week: How to Get Successful in the Music Industry Faster

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This is Vision Week on the Music Success blog.  During this week we’ll discuss the most important factor in achieving long-term success in the music industry: Vision.

You want to be successful in the music industry.  You say you want to be a successful music artist or music entrepreneur. I have an important question to ask you: what does that success look like to you?

When you see yourself as a successful music artist or music business owner, what do you see? What is your vision?

Why vision is the most important factor in achieving long-term success:

Vision helps you answer ALL of the questions you have as an artist and music entrepreneur: How do I market my music? What clubs should I play in? What record labels should I send my demo to? How should I promote my music? Who should I market my music to? What type of music business should I start?  Figuring out your vision first helps you answer these specific questions.

5 Reasons why you need a vision for your music career:

1) Vision gives you direction.

Have you ever rode in a car with someone who had no clue where they were going? It can be frustrating and stressful, right?  You are in the driver’s seat of your music career. Where are you taking your career? Where is your career going? Vision gives you the ability to know where you are going in your music career.  It makes your goal of becoming a successful artist more attainable.  You will have more focus, less stress and less confusion because you will know the type of artist you need to be and the kind of music you need to create to get the success you want in the music industry.

Vision can help you hand pick a personal success team (i.e. your manager, lawyer, agent) who is best for the career YOU want to have! It can help you assemble a team that can get you where YOU want to go and not where other people want you to go.

2) Vision stops you from wasting time and MONEY!

Let’s go back to our car analogy.  A driver who is lost and has no sense of direction, can waste time and burn gas by driving in circles.  Gas costs money! Not knowing what direction you want your music career to go in, costs too.  It costs time and money.  When you know the end destination for your career, when you have a vision of where you are trying to go, you can determine the best and most direct route to get there, saving you time and money.

3) Vision helps you get success in the music industry faster.

Having a vision for your music career can help you get success faster by giving you a strategy, a route to success. It can help you figure out the type of people you need to get connected with to help you get to where you are trying to go.

4) Vision helps you determine a plan to get to where YOU want to be.

There is a quote that says, if you don’t plan, then someone else will plan for you.  Finding your own personal vision for your career leads you down the path to a life that will be most fulfilling to you.  You will be fulfilling the dreams that you had for yourself and not the dreams that someone else had for you.  You will be happier because you are being the artist that you want to be and that you planned to be.  You are making the music that you wanted to make and living the life you wanted to live.

5) Vision gives you a way to measure your success.

Vision let’s you know how far away you are from success. Back to our driver analogy, if a driver doesn’t know where he is going, how will he know how far away he is from his destination.  Imagine the driver stopping at the nearest gas station and asking the gas station attendant to help him get to where he is trying to go.  The gas station attendant asks the driver, “Where are you trying to go?” The driver responds, “I don’t know, but I’ll know it when I get there.” How can the gas station attendant help the driver if the driver has not taken the time to figure out where he is trying to go? Where are you trying to go in the music industry? How will you know how far away from success you are? Having a clear vision can help you keep track of how far you have to go to success. For example, if my vision is to become a platinum selling recording artist, then I have a measurable way to track my success. I can keep track of how many records I sell.  Is your vision of success in the industry clear and measurable?

What is vision?

Vision is a long-term view or mental picture of the music career that you want to have.  A vision statement for your music career defines and describes where your career is going; it sets the destination.  It states the type of artist you want to become in the future.  It is a forward-looking statement.  It defines what success in the music industry looks like for you and your career.

A vision statement answers these questions:

What will your music career look like 5-10 years from now?

What will you be considered the best at?

What would it look like if you were successful as a music artist or music entrepreneur?

I’m excited to hear what your vision is. Leave me a comment and let me know what your vision is for your music career.

Tomorrow: How to get a vision for your career. Practical tips to help you start defining your success as an artist.

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